The Topknot Build. New photos of torso life cast build. 05/07/2015

I decided to start posting everything here as this is a work in progress. I plan on posting all of the past builds in abbreviated form. Today I did my hand casts. I did them years ago in plaster but After seeing Made007 do his in resin I decided to give it a whirl as I think they will be more durable.  So here they.

The first one turned out to be somewhat experimental. I pulled it out to soon and screwed up the finger tips and I wanted it to be further up my arm. Here weird, that is a blister healing on my finger.
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I built a box to try and use as little alginate as possible.
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LIke I said to short. My pooch wandering "what the heck"
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So the second go round I modified the box.
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I hung a blow drier to keep it as dry as possible while I prepared the resin.
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I had to use it one more time for the right hand AGAIN.
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Fresh pull no trimming or dremeling.
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made007

Elite Hunter
Glad to see you made a thread for topknot :)
Your box idea is great, i see you used alja safe, i used some dental stuff
My first batch the thing got dried too fast i couldnt make anything with it i lost it , i used room temp water, then i made my second batch with cold water, it gave mo more time to put my hand in place , but it was so cold to hold my hand there, i cant wait to see what hands design you have in mind for topknot :)
 
Hey pygreek, now ya tell me. I looked into that (a little late now) and it does look like good stuff, about twice the compression and twice the shear strength. The 320  I used has minimal shrinkage so I think it will be ok. My next batch of resin will be 1630. Thanks . Hey made007 the monster makers alginate worked great. Thanks for the inspiration of your hands. I will probably set these to the side until I get the legs done. Who knows.  
 

Usurper

Veteran Hunter
Wish id done mine out of resin, when I did my left hand, I ended up having to break the hand up to get it out of the mould hehe.
 
Looking great as always. :) 

 
 

ThePriest

Blooded
Very nice man . You are gonna have to call me and tell me how you did that step by step. those hands are gonna turn out fantastic.
 
So I am building this post little by little and I thought I would start at the begining. I actually sculpted the Topknot head around 1998.
If you look close you can see that I added the topknot area later. Here are the only 2 pictures I could find of this thing when I was doing it.
Man I look young.
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You see the Fangoria mag. That is the only reference pics I could find at the time. The internet was in its infantsy still.
 
So to keep this post going I putting up the bio build. I guess this is probably 7-8 years old now. Yes I am a slow loser.
The first 3 photos are of the sculpt. I made an alginate impression of the mask and cast it in plaster then sculpted on that.
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Here's a couple I took pretty recently of the clay the way it looks now. I forgot it is sitting on a shelf in
the garage.
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Starting on the tiny but expensive (60 bucks) blade release solinoid.
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Then came the jaw latch mechanism. The only way I can explain doing this is because I thought it would look cool when I was taking it off. The trouble is a person would have to be standing pretty close to see it's function. It activates with a push of the thumb on a plate under the chin. It is spring loaded and has a lock for the thumb plate.
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The lock for the jaw mechanism.
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I guess I painted it next.
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Then came the patina 
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I had an idea for the visor that I thought was different. I sandwiched three layers. The out side layer  
was just clear. I did this to reflect the leads I affixed to the top of the visor.
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The effect.
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The finished inside.
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you can see the super magnets that help it stay on. When I say they snap it into postion I mean they snap it into postion.
This one is the wiring that goes to the fixture that the 3 hoses will connect to on the outside. The wiring will be inside the hoses
and go to buttons on the wrist computer. This is for the laser, visor, and blade solinoid.
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And finally the finished bio.
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I just realised I need to age those laser heads

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Last but not least the Youtube video.
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Back to the hands. After reading and viewing the Facebook page about mold making I decided I need to work on these hands. First I have to smooth them down and do a little filling to get them ready to mold then cut apart. I plan on making the thumb and pointer come off together as I will be using these as plugs for the Topknot hands. This is a picture from the Facebook site.

Here is the first hand sanded and filled and painted.

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Usurper

Veteran Hunter
Yep this is still one of my favourite builds on here, and has been since you started, be kind of sad to see you finish it lol.

So many cool ideas and food for though.
 
Hey Lee, thanks dude. I have to say keeping an eye on what you are doing over there does keep me pushing over here. Don't worry there won't be any sadness anytime soon.
 
Did a little more this morning. I decided to pour water in it to see how much silicone I would need. Primitive but effective. 3 3/4 cups. This is good as I hope I will have just enough for both hands.
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Got it poured this afternoon. More pics in the morning. 
The first two are after a couple coats of clear acrylic.
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I used Smooth-on Mold Max-10.
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ThePriest

Blooded
Cool man very cool. I looked pretty freaky with the water in it . it looked flat on the hand from the angle of the pic. fiber glass here you go !!!  
 
Well it's around 98 degrees in Austin today so you don't have to ask how the fiberglassing went. Ok I'll tell you. HOT! This sure does seem like a lot of work for half a hand. I might have to try selling some of these to try to put my mind at ease for all the time I'm putting into these. On a positive note it is something very new for me so it is pretty fun figuring it all out. Hey ptgreek I got the 1630 in. Thanks for that tip.
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